When it comes to reading or reciting poetic works, your mind is filled with imagery and subjectivity by visualizing the text. The poetry of Ntozake Shange’s Colored Girls expressed the theme of femininity, a close viewpoint how women deal with the horrors and bliss in their modern life. There is such an array of beauty when they express themselves as being human but also being represented in a subtle expression. One way Shange is able to achieve great heights with her personal characteristics of writing is displaying different emotions in color. The color is representational and symbolic as it shows the bare utility each emotion and how it can be utilized to tell a story through the eyes of each character.
Ntozake Shange is also able to show her culture in her works, and she shows how women are not just ordinary. She practically enhances the inner emotion of a woman, as well as expressing the strength of survival through life’s struggle of passion, rape, and domestic violence. The film adaptation by Tyler Perry was from a perspective – a mixed bag in terms of how he directed and edited the film. Personally, I do not think he works well with film. The actors that portrayed the characters on film provided fantastic performances, but I think the poetic arias did not need to be used. There was also a level of acting that did not really feel like real life. It felt too melodramatic in some portions, nearly like a soap-opera. Nevertheless, each actress gave the viewer a poignant reminder of her talent, but I think they needed to work more with their dialogue and relation to scrutinize the character in advance.
I do not think Perry made a wise choice in directing a film adaption of Colored Girls. However, the thing that I can applauded is his vital use of the cinematography within certain sequences, including the rape scene. I think he did a phenomenal job with showing a terrifying human experience that only seems like a few minutes but lasts almost a lifetime. If a director that understood the boundaries of the female character (like Kieslowski or Bergman) or a female director was in charge, I think the film would have been a success. Also it felt too modernized and did not express that classic quality of telling a story. So in conclusion of what reigns supreme, I would say Shange’s works of poetry gives off the impression I can relate to with understanding human behavior in a subjective way of thinking; for the sheer reason that it expresses my personal feminine side of understanding about relations, personality, and living in a cruel world. A typical male should learn to surpass bigotry and the stereotypes of what he believes to be true. Perry’s version just seemed like a weak imitation.